Admission Requirements

  • A Master’s degree in Nursing (M.S.N.) from a regionally accredited or internationally recognized school.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale in graduate study.
  • Current license to practice as a registered nurse or Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (A.R.N.P.).
  • Have a valid and current national certification in an advanced nursing practice specialty (which attests to the minimum clinical hours for the specialty). If applicant is not nationally certified, certification must be achieved within one year of starting the program. International applicants must submit a course-by-course evaluation with a computed GPA from a regionally and professionally accredited institution.
  • D.N.P. Portfolio demonstrating high potential for producing scholarship, including:
    1. CV/Resume.
    2. One essay with a clear statement of goals and expectations for entering the D.N.P. program and how the student anticipates this degree will benefit the profession of nursing and his/her community.
    3. One essay describing the type of clinical project the student plans to undertake in the D.N.P. program.
    4. Three letters of recommendation—one addressing clinical competence and two addressing academic ability.
  • Transcript evidence of satisfactory completion (grade B or higher) of an undergraduate or graduate nursing research course.
  • Transcript evidence of satisfactory completion (grade B or higher) of a statistics course, which included descriptive and inferential methods, within five years of program start date.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professional references.
  • Upon the start of the program, accepted candidates are required to possess a notebook computer with specified software which conforms to criteria established by the Program. Applicants are advised that portions of the didactic coursework are web based and also provided in conjunction with telecommunications or video teleconferencing instruction. Candidates should possess basic computer literacy skills, including the use of word processing, Windows operating systems, electronic mail, and navigation of Internet applications. Students without these prerequisite skills are encouraged to take CS 180 Introduction to Computers. This course will not count towards degree requirements.
  • Applicants may be required to fulfill specific prerequisites or other conditions of admission prior to an admission decision.
  • All applicants must affirm and attest to sound physical health, emotional stability, and personal integrity that will enable them to successfully complete the educational program, comply with criteria for nursing licensure, and adhere to American Nurses Association professional codes of conduct and practice. Applicants must affirm and attest that they are free of addiction to substances of abuse, are not restricted in their practice of nursing or under investigation by any Board of Nursing, and are willing to adhere to Drug Free Workplace policies and procedures of affiliate clinical training sites, to include submission to randomized drug testing and/or testing for cause and upon Program demand.
  • Admission is on a competitive basis for a limited number of positions. As a result, applicants may meet minimum admission requirements, but may not be selected for a personal interview or admission. Applicants are advised to contact the Office of Financial Aid to investigate funding options at the time they are considering submission of their application package.